Deadline: February 1
Florida Minority Participation in Legal Education Program
The Florida Education Fund
15485 Eagle Nest Lane, Suite 200
Miami Lakes, FL 33014
The program is intended to increase minority enrollment at the state’s law schools. Applicants must intend to sit for the Florida bar examination upon graduation from law school and to practice law in the state for a period of time equal to the interval in which the student received assistance from the program. The scholarships are for full-time students and provide up to $21,000 for each of three academic years at participating schools (Florida State University, Nova Southeastern University, St. Thomas University, Stetson University, University of Florida, University of Miami, Florida Coastal University).
Qualifications: Must be a U.S. citizen and Florida resident who is a member of a historically disadvantaged minority group underrepresented in the membership of the Florida bar. Must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university and must take or have taken the LSAT.
Deadline: March 15
Fredrikson & Byron Minority Scholarship
900 2nd Ave. South
1100 International Center
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Now in its tenth year, the Fredrikson & Byron Foundation Minority Scholarship program is for first-year law students. The law firm, located in downtown Minneapolis, also offers internships for scholarship recipients who have completed their second year of law school. The purposes of the program are to promote the legal training of minority lawyers and to encourage them to join major law firms and excel in private practice. The scholarship is $5,000 for the first year of law school.
Qualifications: Open to minority students enrolled in the first year of law school.
Deadline: April 1
Law School Scholarship Program
634 S. Spring Street, 11th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90014
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund awards several law school scholarships, ranging from $2,000 to $6,000, to Hispanic students in their first, second, or third year of law school. Applications may be obtained online.
Qualifications: Scholarships are based on financial need, demonstrated involvement with and commitment to serve the Hispanic community, and academic achievement indicating the potential for successful completion of a graduate or law degree.
Deadline: June 30
Law and Business Scholarships
AAUW Selected Professions Fellowship
Customer Service Center, Dept. 141
P.O. Box 4030
Iowa City, IA 52234
The American Association of University Women awards stipends of $5,000 to $12,000 to minority women who are graduate degree candidates completing their final year of study in fields such as business administration and law. The goal of the program is to support women in designated fields where female participation has traditionally been low.
Qualifications: Applicants must be minority women who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents entering their final year of study.
Deadline: January 10
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
One Sansome St., Suite 1000
San Francisco, CA 94104
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund presents awards of $1,000 to $3,000 to full-time graduate and undergraduate students who are at least one-half Hispanic.
Qualifications: Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a minimum GPA of 2.7. Must have completed 15 college credits of undergraduate work from an accredited college in the United States or Puerto Rico before applying. Check Web site for more details.
Deadline: October 15
LULAC National Scholastic Achievement
2000 L Street, Suite 610
Washington, DC 20036
The League of United Latin American Citizens sponsors a community-based program providing $250 to $1,000 in funds to undergraduate and graduate Hispanic students in a variety of majors. Local LULAC councils raise scholarship funds and seek to have those funds matched by corporations and individual donors. Write to a participating LULAC council in or near your hometown to ask for a scholarship application.
Qualifications: ACT composite average score requirement is 23, SAT combined score requirement is 970, and GPA requirement is 3.5.
Deadline: March 31
Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
400 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019
Fax: (212) 548-4623
This program provides opportunities for continuing generations of accomplished “new Americans” to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. The fellowship grants half tuition plus $20,000/year for up to two years of graduate study in the United States. Applicants must provide evidence of at least two of the following: creativity, originality, and initiative; commitment to and capacity for accomplishment; and commitment to the values expressed in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Qualifications: Applications are open to those who hold “green cards,” have been naturalized as U.S. citizens, or are the children of two parents who are naturalized citizens. Applicants must either have a bachelor’s degree or be in the final year of undergraduate study and must not be more than 30 years of age. Applicants may be in graduate school, though not beyond their second year.
Deadline: November 30
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